Energy 2016 & Beyond

Election Could Reverse Decades-Long Environmental Trend

Election Could Reverse Decades-Long Environmental Trend

The last in a 10-part seriesOnly four miles north of the famed environmentalist Rachel Carson's birthplace in western Pennsylvania, tucked behind a suburban shopping mall and hidde...(full article)

Knowledge Is Power: The Future of Energy

Knowledge Is Power: The Future of Energy

Matthew Boulton, of the 18th-century engineering firm Boulton & Watt, once boasted of his company's steam engines, "I sell here, sir, what all the world desires to have: power....(full article)

Trump and Clinton: A Tale of Two Energy Futures

Trump and Clinton: A Tale of Two Energy Futures

With Ken Bone’s 15 minutes of fame officially over, readers may take a moment to direct silent praise at the man who injected the one serious policy question on energy and th...(full article)

How New Energy Dynamics Fuel the Economy

How New Energy Dynamics Fuel the Economy

The seventh part in a weekly series of articles RCP is publishing through Election Day to explore policymakers' decisions regarding this crucial sector of the economyIn 1973, the m...(full article)

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President Trump's Energy, Low and Dirty - Paul Krugman, New York Times

Donald Trump has two false beliefs about energy, one personal, one political. And the latter may send the world on a path to disaster. ...

Midwestern Energy Boom Seen as Key to Trump's Win - Ford Carson, RealClearPolitics

Still looking to make sense of the 2016 presidential election? You might want to examine the Utica shale formation, which lies beneath key Midwestern and Northeastern states, for h...

Trump Revives Energy Industry Obama Tried to Kill - Stephen Moore, Washington Times

Buried in an otherwise humdrum jobs report for March was the jaw-dropping pronouncement by the Labor Department that mining jobs in America were up by 11,000 in March. Since the lo...

Trump Can't Stop Our Clean Energy Future - Sen. Michael Bennet, USA Today

The American president has considerable powers, but turning back time is not one of them. President Trump believes his latest “Energy Independence” Executive Order can ...

Untapped Revenue: Another Reason to Drill - Moore & Coleman, Weekly Standard

One of President Donald Trump's most urgent policy priorities is to cut taxes for businesses and workers. It's a promise that Republicans must fulfill if they want to restore Ameri...

The Truth About the Shutdown of Dakota Pipeline - Naomi Schaefer Riley, Commentary

'Today we’re celebrating. For the first time in U.S. history, the U.S. government is going to honor tribal sovereignty and the treaties that were signed by the U.S. governmen...

Perry Is the Wrong Choice for Energy Secretary - Lawrence Krauss, New York Times

Much has been made of the irony of Rick Perry’s nomination to be the next secretary of energy. He would oversee a department that he wanted to eliminate as a Republican presi...

Contaminated Water: The Fracking Myth That Failed - Timothy Benson, RealClearEnergy

The myth that hydraulic fracturing, commonly called “fracking,” of oil and natural gas is responsible for the widespread, systemic contamination of groundwater (the stu...

Dismantling President Obama's Radical, Anti-Energy Agenda - Jim Stinson, LifeZette

While President-Elect Donald Trump is focused strongly on keeping jobs from going to Mexico and China, he must also fight to deliver on campaign promises to unleash America's energ...

If Oil Refiners Crash, So Will the Economy - Carl Icahn, Wall Street Journal

Biofuel regulations are ruining merchant oil refiners—bad for business and national security....

Election Could Reverse Decades-Long Environmental Trend - Bill Murray

Dismantling Obama's War on Coal - Luke Popovich, LifeZette

Donald Trump praised America’s coal workers throughout the recent presidential campaign — and he vowed to get the coal industry back on its feet. Now that a Trump admin...

Trump's Election Jolts Energy and Environmental Policy - Bill Murray, RealClearPolitics

Donald Trump's upset victory in the presidential election changes everything in terms of energy and climate politics in the United States.And many of those changes can be made by t...

Methane Leaks Declining Even as Natural Gas Production Grows - John Fialka, E&E Publishing

College students learn in Economics 101 that no one leaves $20 bills lying on the street. It is a rubric used to fortify the theory that big economic markets are sophisticated and ...

Safety is the Top Value of the Oil and Gas Industry - Tim Wigley & Dan Haley & Tracee Bentley, Denver Post

Oil and natural gas workers are tough people. They work hard, often in very difficult environments. Their work is critical to each and every one of us....

Fight Over Dakota Access Pipeline Intensifies - Kris Maher & Chester Dawson, Wall Street Journal

A protest by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe against the Dakota Access pipeline has morphed into a broad opposition movement, prompting the Obama administration to review federal per...

Energy, Infrastructure Should Be Part of Presidential Debates - Patrick C. Miller, The Bakken Magazine

Energy and infrastructure development play a key role in the U.S. economy, which is why two organizations say Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump should discuss the topics during thei...

Gas Industry Leaders Want to See More Pipeline Infrastructure - Christine Manganas, Pittsburgh Business Times

Leaders of the Pennsylvania oil and gas industry said pipeline infrastructure is not keeping up with rising natural gas production in the region.In a conference call Wednesday rega...

API Chief on Obama Halting Dakota Access Pipeline: We No Longer Honor the Rule of Law in the United States - Penny Starr, CSN News

Jack Gerard, CEO and president of the trade association American Petroleum Institution (API), said on Thursday that President Barack Obama’s decision to override a federal ju...

Commentary: Arctic Drilling Has Vital Role in Energy, National Security - Erik Milito, FuelFix

By Erik Milito They’re calling it “mega,” “massive,” “major.” A new oil discovery in shallow waters off Alaska...

Cutting Off Arctic Drilling Options Would Harm U.S. Energy Security - Erik Milito, The Hill

Maintaining Arctic exploration options in the Obama administration’s next five-year leasing plan is critical for America’s future energy security. Alaska’s Beaufo...

API Will Pursue RFS Reform During 2016 Lame-Duck Congress and Beyond - Nick Snow, Oil & Gas Journal

The American Petroleum Institute plans to press members of Congress to reform the federal Renewable Fuel Standard when the federal lawmakers return for their 2016 lame-duck session...

API Wants "Outdated" Ethanol Mandates Ended - Dave Strandberg, KDAL

UNDATED (KDAL) - The American Petroleum Institute (API) says the Renewable Fuel Standard and its ethanol mandate is outdated and its continued implementation could result in dire c...

Felmy: The Renewable Fuel Standard Failure - John Felmy, Roanoke Times

When the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was passed by Congress about a decade ago, it was supposed to be the answer to America's so-called 'addiction to oil.' By forcing refiners to...

API Pushing Again for Repeal of RFS - Meghan Sapp, Biofuels Digest

API Calls for RFS Repeal Rather Than Point of Obligation Change - Erin Voegele, Biomass Magazine

The American Petroleum Institute recently spoke out against efforts to move the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The American Fuel and Petrochemical Man...

Letter: LNG's Role in Energy Mix Overstated - Elizabeth Treseder, Gloucester Times

To the editor:Mike Dyer’s response to the recent op-ed by Carl Gustin (“Gas pipeline needed to ensure energy mix,” Sept. 7) on the need for additional natural gas...

Fracking Has A Week Of Huge Legal Wins In Ohio - Andrew Follett, Daily Caller

Anti-hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, activists suffered a pair of major legal defeats in Ohio when the state Supreme Court refused to put anti-fracking measures on the ballot in...

After Early Losses, Industry Stops Anti-Fracking Measures - Tripp Baltz, Bloomberg BNA

Sept. 20 — The oil and natural gas industry in Colorado was losing the public relations game.One industry association executive said it was “caught flat-footed” a...

Oil Group Says Disputed Pipeline Went Through Proper Process - Kyle Feldscher, Washington Examiner

The lobbying group representing the oil industry wants to see the rule of law upheld in a court case over the future of a controversial pipeline in North Dakota. Speaking to report...

Pipeline Protesters Out of Step with America, Oil Industry Leader Says - Kyle Feldscher, Washington Examiner

Native American protesters blocking the construction of an oil pipeline from North Dakota southwest to Illinois are stopping critical energy infrastructure, a top energy official s...

Fracking Denied Credit as Obama Administration Touts 20-year Carbon Emissions Low - Valerie Richardson, Washington Times

The Obama administration is heralding the nearly 20-year low in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions as President Obama prepares to talk climate change in China, but so far the fracking r...

Oil Industry To Obama: We Have Done Way More To Slash CO2 Emissions Than You - Andrew Follett, Daily Caller

The oil and gas industry has done more to cut U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through hydraulic fracturing than the Obama administration's anti-fossil fuel policies, according ...

API Outlines Initial Concerns with BOEM's Draft Gulf PEIS - Nick Snow, Oil & Gas Journal

Mitigation measures that would require halting of oil and gas operations when dolphins are in the vicinity and proposed minimum separation distances for seismic surveys running sim...

Industry Stands for Dakota Access Pipeline - Daniel Graeber, UPI

Industry leaders said moving forward with the Dakota Access pipeline is central to keeping the U.S. shale oil sector a strong component of the national economy....

U.S. Could Meet Climate Goals without Obama Rules, Industry Analysis Shows - Kyle Feldscher, Washington Examiner

Even without the Obama administration's signature environmental regulation, the U.S. could meet its carbon emissions goals for the global climate agreement if natural gas use in th...

Progress: U.S. Carbon Emissions Decline - Benjamin Hulac, ClimateWire

Thanks mostly to less coal use at power plants, emissions in the first half of 2016 were lowest since 1991. The release of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions in the first half of t...

EPA: U.S. Carbon Emissions Down 4.9 Percent - Robert Moore, Daily Energy Insider

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released figures on Tuesday showing that carbon emissions from power plants, oil drilling, factories and other industrial sources are down...

The Path to a Bipartisan Energy Agenda - Mark Mills, RealClearPolicy

POLICIES FOR THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION. PART 11: ENERGYThis is the last in a series on the major policy ideas  from Left and Right  that should guide the next presidential......

Knowledge Is Power: The Future of Energy - Rob Tracinski

Docs Illuminate AGs Politicized Campaign Against Exxon - Chris Horner, RCEnergy

            On Oct. 13, a federal court in Ft. Worth, Texas ruled that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is subject...

Trump and Clinton: A Tale of Two Energy Futures - Bill Murray

How New Energy Dynamics Are Fueling the Economy - M. Anthony Mills

The Energy-Efficiency Revolution - Carl Cannon, RealClearPolitics

The six in a weekly series of articles RCP is publishing through Election Day to explore policymakers' decisions regarding this crucial sector of the economy. 'Tonight, I want to h...

The Energy-Efficiency Revolution - Carl M. Cannon

America's Untapped Energy Resources - Carl Cannon, RealClearPolitics

Sixty-two years ago, in a speech to the National Association of Science Writers, a U.S. government official named Lewis L. Strauss extolled his vision of America’s energy fut...

America's Untapped Energy Resources - Carl M. Cannon

What Ever Happened to Peak Oil? - Bill Murray & Carl Cannon, RealClearPolitics

The fourth in a weekly series of articles RCP is publishing through Election Day to explore policymakers' decisions regarding this crucial sector of the economy. In 1957, Tulsa cel...

Whatever Happened to Peak Oil? - Bill Murray & Carl M. Cannon

Why President Obama Is Right on Clean Energy - Ruckelshaus & Reilly, New York Times

Last year, President Obama took aim at the nation’s largest source of carbon dioxide pollution, announcing a plan that would reduce these climate-changing emissions from the ...

How Energy & Conservation Became Partisan Issues - Carl Cannon, RealClearPolitics

The third in a weekly series of articles RCP is publishing through Election Day to explore policymakers' decisions regarding this crucial sector of the economy.In June 1987, U.S. S...

How Energy and Conservation Became Partisan Issues - Carl M. Cannon

Energy Divides Candidates But Draws Little Attention - James Arkin, RealClearPolitics

The second in a weekly series of articles RCP will publish through Election Day exploring the many implications of policymakers' decisions regarding this crucial sector of the econ...

Energy Divides Candidates But Draws Little Attention - James Arkin

Energy Policy: The Appeal of 'All of the Above' - Bill Murray, RealClearPolitics

On March 22, 2012, as he positioned himself for his re-election campaign, President Obama stood in front of what seemed like acres of stacked pipes in Cushing, Okla., and talked gl...

Energy Policy: The Appeal of 'All of the Above' - Bill Murray

Look What Out-of-Touch Megarich Greenies Can't Buy - Michelle Malkin, New York Post

If a pair of extreme green ballot measures fall in the Rocky Mountains and no one in the liberal media is paying attention, does the collapse make a sound? This week, two anti...

Big Oil's Master Class in Rigging the System - Sens. Whitehouse & Warren, Wash Post

For years, ExxonMobil actively advanced the notion that its products had little or no impact on the Earth’s environment. As recently as last year, it continued to fund organi...

How Obama's Green Policies Threaten U.S. Energy Security - Bill Gertz, Free Beacon

The threat of a devastating cyber attack on the U.S. electrical grid is increasing due to the Obama administration’s politically correct policies that spend vast sums on gree...

Happy American Energy Independence Day - Stephen Moore, Investor's Business Daily

Fueling a Future Republican Majority - Rupert Darwall, National Review

Battle has been joined in a war that — fought right — promises to realign American politics. Leading environmental activist Bill McKibben says that economic growth is a...

"Little Energy Bill That Could" Gets Closer to Hilltop - Bill Murray, RealClearPolitics

It’s been nearly a decade since the last major piece of energy legislation passed the U.S. Congress, and the world of energy has seen dramatic change in the meantime. Bu...

How Politics Obscures Environmental, Energy Gains - Bill Murray

Moniz Leads a Quiet Revolution in Clean Energy - David Ignatius, Washington Post

So much of America's future is at stake in the 2016 presidential election. But let's focus for a moment on just one area -- energy and the environment -- where the Obama administra...

Oil at $30 a Barrel - Stephen Moore, Washington Times

The big fall off your chair moment during President Obama’s State of the Union address came when he proclaimed:...

The Corn-Fed Albatross Called Ethanol - Merrill Matthews, Wall Street Journal

In the past two presidential-primary seasons, candidates crisscrossing Iowa before the caucuses would pay obeisance to corn ethanol and its compulsory use in gasoline. Yet in the c...

The Global Battle for Oil Market Share - Daniel Yergin, Wall Street Journal

What will the global oil market look like in 2016? This year is closing out with the industry in turmoil. The price of oil is hovering in the mid-$30s a barrel, supplies are swampi...

A Nuclear Paradigm Shift? - Holman Jenkins, Wall Street Journal

Wade Allison, emeritus professor of physics at Oxford, has a more realistic idea for fighting global warming than any being promoted at this week’s climate summit in Paris: I...

The U.S. Energy Story Obama Won't Tell the World - Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Reuters

President Barack Obama is poised to repeat his history of weak-handed negotiations on the world stage when nearly 200 countries gather in Paris on Monday to consider an internation...

Enemies of the Sun - Paul Krugman, New York Times

Does anyone remember the Cheney energy task force? Early in the George W. Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney released a report that was widely derided as a document wr...

The Energy Election - Joel Kotkin, RealClearPolitics

Blessed by Pope Francis, the drive to wipe out fossil fuels, notes activist Bill McKibben, now has “the wind in its sails.” Setting aside the bizarre alliance of the Roman Cath...

The Age of Energy Abundance - Stephen Moore, Washington Times

Consequences of the Global Oil Bust - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

While we have been watching the Islamic State and discussing Iran, something much bigger is happening in the world. We are witnessing a historic fall in the price of oil, down more...

Why We Need Nuclear Power - Julian Spector, Mother Jones

We Can Get All of Our Energy From Renewables - Martin O'Malley, DMR

Shale Boom Shifts Into Higher Gear - Luskin & Warren, Wall Street Journal

Have the American entrepreneurs who developed horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing—“fracking”—done their jobs too well? The increase in domestic cru...

The Oil-Export Ban Harms National Security - Panetta & Hadley, WSJ

The United States faces a startling array of global security threats, demanding national resolve and the resolve of our closest allies in Europe and Asia. Iran’s moves to bec...

The Renewable Revolution - Michael Klare, Huffington Post

The Arrival of Man-Made Earthquakes - Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker

A World Remade by Fracking - Holman Jenkins, Wall Street Journal

If not for fracking, oil would probably be $200 a barrel and gasoline $6.50 in the U.S.Western economies would likely be in free fall. The grudging U.S. recovery would be in retrea...

The Renewable Energy Fight - Ronald Brownstein, National Journal

With a strong environmental community, a vibrant fossil-fuel industry, and a thriving clean energy sector, Colorado encapsulates all the contending interests driving the complex po...

Fossil Fuels Will Save the World (Really) - Matt Ridley, Wall Street Journal

The environmental movement has advanced three arguments in recent years for giving up fossil fuels: (1) that we will soon run out of them anyway; (2) that alternative sources of en...

Ethanol: The Republican-Supported Rip-Off - Larry Elder, IBD

Can someone explain why the "party of limited government" continues, with a straight face, to support ethanol? Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says about the heavily subside...

"Clean Power" Rule Could Cause Electricity Shortage - Terry Jarrett, RCP

As President Obama looks to implement strict rules on carbon emissions, coal-powered electrical generation is on the chopping block. For those worried about climate change, coal is...

Obama's Oil-by-Rail Boom - Holman Jenkins, Wall Street Journal

It’s better to be lucky than good. President Obama, who arrived promising to heal the planet and halt the rising seas, instead presided over a fossil-fuel renaissance in Amer...

Will America's Shale Boomtowns Bust? - Jennifer Reingold, Fortune

We’re standing on a windswept, snow-covered expanse of frozen ground in western North Dakota, imagining a future that is hard to picture here. Gesturing toward a grassy field, ha...

Raise the Gas Tax--50 Times - Bloomberg

Mr. Obama's Easy Call on Keystone Bill - New York Times

Congress has delivered to President Obama a bill commanding him to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, accompanied by a warning from House Speaker Joh...

Drill, With Care, in ANWR and Everywhere - USA Today

Don't Drill Along the East Coast - Martin O'Malley, New York Times

THE Obama administration’s whiplash decision last week to allow oil and gas companies to drill along a wide area of the Atlantic Coast is a big mistake....

Congress Should Respect ANWR Drilling Ban - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In the constant battle between environmental protection and commercial exploitation, President Barack Obama has delivered a decisive victory for conservation. But it may be only te...

Obama Policies May End Energy Boom - Steve Forbes, USA Today

Energy in the 2015 State of the Union - Sheril Kirshenbaum, Scientific American

In 2009, his speech described that renewable energy would “transform our economy, protect our security and save our planet from the ravages of climate change.” By 2014, he high...

What's Behind Saudi Arabia's Oil Strategy - Ian Bremmer, National Interest

Oil prices are plunging to levels not seen since the great recession of 2008-09. While there is wide debate over why this is happening, one thing is clear: there will be an impact ...

McConnell's Cunning Keystone Game - Juan Williams, The Hill

Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) strategy for defeating Democrats in the final two years of the Obama administration is clear: divide and conquer.Last week, the Senate majority...

The Myth of the Carbon Investment "Bubble" - Meyer & Brinker, WSJ

Just Approve Keystone and Move On - Bloomberg

At this point, Keystone XL has more value as a political issue than as a pipeline. That's why President Barack Obama should just approve it already and put this absurdly politicize...

Republicans Weren't Elected to Raise the Gas Tax - Washington Examiner

Politicians and pundits have spent a great deal of time trying to find the precise meaning of the results of the 2014 election. No one disputes that it was a great day for Republic...

Keystone Push Not in the National Interest - Danielle Droitsch, RCP

The new GOP leadership in Congress says it wants to make progress, but it’s starting out by trying to pass a bill they know the president will veto -- hardly a recipe for moving ...

The Phony Debate Over the Keystone Pipeline - Ron Fournier, Natl Journal

Keystone Pipeline Politics - New York Daily News

President Obama will veto legislation enabling construction of a pipeline to bring oil from Canada through the American heartland to Texas, the White House announced. So much for b...

The Pointless Fight Over Keystone - Joshua Green, Boston Globe

One Man's Treasure Hunt May Ignite a New Oil Boom - Steve LeVine, Qz

HALIFAX, Canada—In 2007, Sandy MacMullin was sitting across from his boss, a deputy minister in Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast. They had struck a windfall—enough natural...

The Moral of the Kulluk - Joe Nocera, New York Times

The Case for a Much-Needed Carbon Tax - Larry Summers, Washington Post

The case for carbon taxes has long been compelling. With the recent steep fall in oil prices and associated declines in other energy prices, it has become overwhelming. There is ro...

Mindless Energy Rules Could Trip Up Economy - Stephen Moore, IBD

The Obama administration has just announced it will issue at least six new major rules directed at the oil and gas industry — an energy strategy that only the member nations ...

Oil Isn't Cheap -- at Any Price - Rhea Suh, Los Angeles Times

As world oil prices have slumped below $60 a barrel, tumbling nearly 50% since June to a five-year low, analysts have scrambled to discern the economic and political fallout. ...

The Progressive Case for Fracking - James Bloodworth, Wall Street Journal

Christmas came early for the world’s liberal democracies this year, with news in mid-December that repressive regimes from Russia to Venezuela and from Iran to Belarus are tu...

Is Vacation Over? - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

More than we may realize, the world has been riding a lucky streak since the global financial meltdown in 2008. How so? The years between 2008 and late 2013 were — relatively...

Think Fracking Isn't Safe? Make It Safer - Bloomberg

Shale and the Falling Price of Oil - Joe Nocera, New York Times

Six years ago, the price of oil went on an incredible roller-coaster ride. In January 2008, oil hovered around $90 a barrel. By July, it had reached $147 a barrel. By the end of th...

The Cuomo Cop-Out - Joe Nocera, New York Times

Cuomo Ignores the Evidence on Fracking - Ken Cohen, ExxonMobil

The comedian Chico Marx famously asked, “Who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?” That’s the question I feel like Governor Andrew Cuomo is posing to New ...

New York Paves Way for Fracking Ban - Wenonah Hunter, Huffington Post

The Next Shale Revolution? - Samuel Thernstrom, The Weekly Standard

How Low Can Oil Go? - James Surowiecki, The New Yorker

Just in time for Christmas, there’s a surprise present for consumers: plummeting oil prices. They have fallen forty per cent since July—gasoline now costs well below th...

Is This the Beginning of the End for OPEC? - John Sununu, Boston Globe

The Trouble With Cheap Oil - Michael Specter, The New Yorker

Just before the turn of the millennium, I met a man who had recently invested a fortune in wind power. He said he wanted to do all that he could to slow the course of climate chang...

The Oilman to Thank at Your Next Fill-Up - Joseph Rago, Wall St. Journal

On Wednesday, an OnCue Express in Oklahoma City became the first U.S. filling station since 2010 to sell regular gasoline for under $2 a gallon. The national average—hovering...

Sheikhs vs. Shale: The New Economics of Oil - The Economist

Introduction


In this series of articles scheduled to run from the end of August through Election Day, RealClearPolitics will examine the energy industry.

The series will be a wide-ranging and non-partisan exploration of the economic, environmental, and political implications of the many decisions facing policy-makers who deal with this crucial sector of the U.S. economy.

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